Lynda Bowers, Personal Activities Leader from Arches Care Home in Belfast has been crowned the Regional Personal Activities Lead Champion for Northern Ireland in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.
These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this Year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Lynda demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.
During the judging process for the Personal Activities Lead Champion award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including evidencing activities that interest and stimulates the physical and mental well-being of our residents to provide special experiences within our care. After all we all know how important activities are, and they can keep everyone young at heart.
Lynda was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Lynda has enhanced the residents daily living experience and their mental well-being with the activities she has introduced to them. With the help of the care team, she takes the residents on trips into the city centre for them to enjoy a bit of retail therapy or watching the world go by with a coffee. Lynda has also introduced a short break away to Strangford Bay Lodge in Portferry. This holiday was a great success with another one being booked as we speak. For those residents unable to leave the home, Lynda makes sure she has one-to-one time with them completing an activity that the resident enjoys. Everything that Lynda has done has had such a positive impact on the residents and their families. She’s a real asset to have.”
As the winner for Northern Ireland, Lynda is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.
Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Belfast, said: “Lynda is a real lead by example member of the team. She is committed to getting the best outcomes for the residents in the Arches Care Home. She is a fantastic asset for us here at Four Seasons!”
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland, said: “Lynda has played a key role in changing what a day feels like for those living in the Arches. She has blown the old style living out of the water and replaced daily activities with life skills and fun, including community involvement where boundaries are removed and integration is very apparent. Well done Lynda!”
The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.
The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.
Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.
“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”
Date published: 15 September 2017